This shamanistic evocation of the Beat Era, staged at Beyond Baroque, the legendary Venice poetry mecca, is a "must see" for those who love Beat poetry and great performances.
In this limited engagement on two dates (November 16 and December 7), today’s poets recall the lyrical language, powerful political commentary and eloquent insults of the influential writers of the Beat Era, all the while awaiting the arrival of "Jack" (Kerouac), who is always late to every engagement. His arrival occurs, but in a magically unexpected manner.
This 90-minute theatrical experience was created by Michael C Ford and Rex Weiner, who play casual diners in a mythic beatnik cafe, summoning the poets who are introduced as they appear, and providing social commentary as the events and attitudes of the past reflect and are reinterpreted in new realities of our modern age.
Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Henry Miller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure, Ann Waldman, and Brother Antoninus are just few of the spirits conjured to appear in these two short performances.
Advance tickets are available for $15 at
Previous performances of WAITING FOR JACK have sold out and there is no plan to add additional performances to this year’s calendar.
EVENT FACTS: WAITING FOR JACK
WHERE: Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Boulevard Venice, CA 90291
WHEN: November 16 & December 8
About Michael C. Ford
Michael C. Ford is one of L.A.’s best-known poets and working playwrights. From 1974 through 1977 he co-edited the prose/poetry journal called The Sunset Palms Hotel. He also and edited two anthology projects The Mount Alverno (Peace Press, 1971) and Foreign Exchange (Biographies, 1979). Ford has also done collaborative recordings with Doors drummer John Densmore, and musician Ray Manzarek, and his spoken word record "Language Commando" earned a Grammy nomination in 1986.
About Rex Weiner
Rex Weiner’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, the New Yorker, New York Observer and LA Weekly. With Deanne Stillman, Weiner co-authored "The Woodstock Census" (Viking), a survey of the impact of the Sixties Generation on American society. His screenwriting credits include the 1990 20th Century Fox feature film "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," based on his original stories.
He is currently Hollywood correspondent for Rolling Stone Italia and writes regularly for The Forward.
About Eve Brandstein
For more than twenty years Eve Brandstein has played host, in both New York and Los Angeles, to hundreds of writers, actors and poets through Poetry In Motion.
In addition to being a working writer, director and fine artist, Eve Brandstein has been a major studio and network executive, a producer and a casting director (see Spinal Tap). She is a publisher of The Hollywood Review an anthology of L.A. poets and also the author of "The Actor – A Practical Guide to a Professional Career". Her next poetry collection will be published by Zeitgeist Press. For more information on Eve Brandstein and Poetry in Motion, please visit http://www.evebrandsteinproductions.com/